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School of Performing Arts

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  • School of Performing Arts

    The School of Performing Arts brings together students and faculty who share their passion for the arts and provides opportunities for creativity, scholarship, and real world experience.

    Our dedicated faculty members are seasoned professionals who are deeply connected to the arts community. They are focused on helping students reach their dreams and aspirations and offer extensive professional expertise and networks. The department is extremely influential in the Fargo-Moorhead arts community, through active faculty involvement in professional music and theatre groups. Every year the department sponsors exceptional student performances, nationally recognized visiting artists and several community outreach events.

    Our graduates enjoy rich and varied careers in theatre, music, education and arts industries. The department is a vibrant community of passionate artists who provide immersive and collaborative hands-on learning combined with one-on-one mentorship in the classroom, the studio, on stage, and on- and off-campus performance opportunities.

    Students benefit from a variety of vocal and instrumental ensemble opportunities such as Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Combos, and private lessons for voice, instruments and composition. Students will grow professionally and personally through involvement in the University Theatre Series and The Straw Hat Players.

    The School of Performing Arts honors tradition while embracing innovation to deliver rigorous and progressive programs that help our students realize their potential as passionate leaders in their creative work and to develop their talents into a career—and life—in the world of the arts.

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  • Upbeat comedy takes the stage

    MSUM’s School of Performing Arts theatre students will have to summon their bravest selves for the third performance of the academic year. The Full Monty opens Wednesday, Feb. 15, on the Hansen Theatre stage in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts. A raucous pop-rock musical, The Full Monty tells the story of six unemployed […]

    Scholarship Audition Day

    Friday, Feb. 24

    MSUM Grammy connection

    MSUM recently hosted two musical artists who won Grammy Awards this past Sunday evening: Shane Shanahan (Best World Music Album with “The Silk Road Ensemble,”) and Larnell Lewis (Best Contemporary Instrumental Album with “Snarky Puppy”). Both artists performed alongside MSUM students at the MSUM Day of Percussion in November of 2017. There’s great things happening […]

    MSUM to host Honors High School Percussion Ensemble

    Saturday, Feb. 11 | 4 p.m. | Center for the Arts Great White Hall The School of Performing Arts will host the 3rd annual Honors High School Percussion Ensemble this weekend under the direction of Dr. Kenyon Williams. Top high school students from throughout the FM region audition to receive placement within the ensemble. The […]

    MSUM students shine at KCACTF

    Fourteen MSUM University Theatre students recently attended the Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Des Moines, Iowa. Students participated in several days of workshops and lectures, attended various performances, and competed in the Irene Ryan acting competition.  More than 400 students began the acting competition with only 18 advancing to the […]

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